Archive for March, 2019

JOYOUS WOLF Release New Singles, “Quiet Heart” and “Place In Time”

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Southern California based Rock band JOYOUS WOLF has released the first two singles off of their upcoming EP, Place in Time, “Quiet Heart” and “Place In Time,” which is due out 4/19 via Roadrunner Records.

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VERIZON WIRELESS has also launched a new ad campaign featuring guitarist Blake Allard and his father, which can be viewed online HERE.

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Catch Joyous Wolf LIVE with Buckcherry on the WAR PAINT Tour:
03/30 @ Wally’s – Hampton Beach, NH
03/31 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
04/02 @ Boathouse – Newport News, VA
04/04 @ Arizona Bike Week – Westworld of Scottsdale – Scottsdale, AZ
04/07 @ Tarheel – Jacksonville, NC
04/09 @ The Loft – Atlanta, GA
04/11 @ Firmament – Greenville, SC
04/12 @ Cotton Eyed Joe – Knoxville, TN
04/13 @ Fergs Live – Tampa, FL
04/14 @ Surfer Bar – Jacksonville, FL
04/16 @ Vinyl – Pensacola. FL
04/17 @ Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
04/19 @ Graceland Soundstage – Memphis, TN
04/20 @ Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
04/23 @ The Complex – Springfield, MO
04/24 @ The Eclectic Room – Angola, IN
04/26 @ Temple Live – Ft. Smith, AR
04/28 @ Lava Cantina – Colony, TX
04/30 @ Studio – Colorado Springs, CO
05/01 @ Harry’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
05/03 @ The Royal Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
05/04 @ Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
05/05 @ Canyon Club – Montclair, CA

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Joyous Wolf is a Rock band from Southern California formed in 2014 by vocalist Nick Reese, guitarist Blake Allard, bassist Greg Braccio, and drummer Robert Sodaro. Reese and Sodaro met on their first day of 6th grade during student orientation. They went to different high schools where Sodaro would go on to befriend Braccio. During that time Reese, by chance, met Allard in the acoustic room at Guitar Center where they would jam CCR’s “Born on the Bayou”. There was an immediate dynamic between the two that ultimately led to an exchange of information. Months later Reese reached out to both Sodaro and Allard with the interest of starting a new project with them. Braccio would soon follow suit.

In the waning months of 2014 early jam sessions would yield the foundation of what Joyous Wolf has become. Fusing together influences ranging from Heavy Metal to Delta Blues, Joyous Wolf creates an expressive, high-energy fingerprint that separates themselves from their contemporaries in the realm of Modern Rock.

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M.O.D. Announces Release of ‘Ritz Hotel Presents M.O.D. The Official First Live Performance’

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Legendary thrash-metal crossover band M.O.D. has announced the forthcoming release of their February 21, 1987 recorded Ritz Hotel Presents: M.O.D. The Official First Live Performance.

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M.O.D., which has experienced previous line-up changes, has returned to its classic lineup with original riffmasters Ken Ballone (bass) and Tim McMurtrie (guitar) as well as Felix Griffin of D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) on drums, and will include a new lead singer, to be announced for both an upcoming album and tour dates.

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Track List:
1. Dead Men / Most
2. Captain Crunch
3. Thrash or Be Thrashed
4. Boardwalk Blues
5. Ballad of DIO
6. Parents
7. Charge
8. I Executioner
9. Take Your Life
10. Imported Society
11. Spandex Enormity
12. Get a Real Job

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Ken Ballone: Bassist and founding member of the NYC thrash metal/crossover band M.O.D. (Method of Destruction). Ken works as a DJ / Engineer / Producer for Lotus Radio – KDOT Rock 104.5 FM in Reno,
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Tim McMurtrie: Guitarist and founding member of the NYC thrash metal/crossover band M.O.D. (Method of Destruction). Tim wrote most of USA for M.O.D. the band’s best selling album to date. He also wrote 1992 Rhythm of Fear album for M.O.D. Tim is also the guitarist in Full Scale Riot.

Felix Griffin: Drummer D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) playing on Dealing with It, Crossover, 4 of a kind and Thrash zone.

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SKIVER Releases Official Music Video for “No Goodbyes”

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New York Visual Hard Rock Band SKIVER has released the official music video for “No Goodbyes,” off of their upcoming Maxi-Single “No Goodbyes / Noise“, out NOW.

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“This song is a very important marker for us. We’re still a very new band and we want to come into this scene making a real impression, whether its with our sound, our looks, or anything else about us. We don’t want to be one of those forgettable “whatever” bands. We want you to know us. Then if you know us, we want you to either love or hate us.” – Skiver

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BLACKLITE DISTRICT Releases New Music Video for “never came around”, Announces Tour with Adelitas Way

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Spearfish, SD based alternative rock / hip hop artist BLACKLITE DISTRICT has released a brand new song and video called “never came around” coinciding with the announcement of a tour with ADELITA’S WAY, AMERICAN SIN, and ZFG, which kicks off April 17 in Houston. Aside from the video, the song is streaming exclusively on Spotify.

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“A new year and new opportunities, with the key word being opportunity. I’m beyond excited to be able to perform alongside Adelitas Way as the direct support act on their What It Takes tour, and thankful for the opportunity. The live production of my show is it’s own thing, this time the key word is show. I’m an entertainer and that’s what I do. On the flip side of all of this, I just released the music video for my new track “never came around” and the fans are loving it. I can’t wait to see everyone on the road.” – BLACKLITE DISTRICT

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Tour Dates:
04/17 @ Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
04/19 @ Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
04/20 @ Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
04/24 @ Muddy Creek Saloon – Heath, OF
04/26 @ Pima County Fair – Tucson, AZ
04/27 @ One Centre Square – Easton, PA
04/28 @ Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
05/01 @ Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
05/02 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
05/03 @ Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
05/04 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
05/05 @ Majestic Theater – Madison, WI
05/07 @ Rochaus – West Dundee, IL
05/08 @ Every Buddys – Chippewa Falls, WI
05/09 @ Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
05/10 @ Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
05/11 @ Marquis – Denver, CO
05/12 @ Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

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Blacklite District has experienced a meteoric rise over the past several months, with their YouTube following edging near 100,000 in less than a year and their wildly popular Minecraft videos–“Cold As Ice” and “The Struggle”–garnering around 70 million views cumulatively. Says Kyle, “I work with multiple major YouTube channels that promote my music to a huge worldwide audience. It’s been amazing as an independent artist of this generation to reach an audience of this size.” As a result of their rapidly expanding youth audience, the duo has seen incredible online sales and Spotify streams and playlistings, as well as significant Mainstream Rock Songs Billboard charting.

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BORN CROOKED Release New Single, “Sugar”

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Nashville, TN based Alternative Rock Band BORN CROOKED has released their new single, “Sugar,” off of their upcoming EP, Come On With It.

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“Raw, true emotions always make a song that people can relate to. ‘Sugar’ came from Hunter finding someone who showed him what love really is and how he kept craving it. ‘Sugar’ was written while we were out on the road touring and supporting incredible artists like Kansas, Daughtry, The Record Puddle of Mud, Saving Able, to name a few. Company. Brian Craddock and Josh Paul of CO:OP Song Production helped us to bring this song to life. It is easily one of our favorite songs we have written. It just grabs you right out of the gate! ‘Sugar’ is the first single off our new EP ‘Come On With It’ recorded at The Cat Room Recording Studio and Rivergate Studios in our home town of Nashville, TN.” – BORN CROOKED

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Sometimes it takes just two to rock the world.
Need proof? Listen to Born Crooked — and crank it up.

You’ve just received a potent, sonic 1-2 punch from brother-sister band, Born Crooked. The Duo pushes the boundaries of an Alternative rock sound, while keeping it personal and soulful in their writing and live show.

“Hunter’s vocals are confident, electrifying and soulful, just like his guitar playing. He cranks out fuzzy, bluesy riffs with the best of them. ARE is a thunderous beauty that lays down the boom whenever she sits at a kit.” As described by The Odyssey Magazine, captures a hint of the intensity and energy these siblings pour out into their music.

Much of this intensity stems from their love for their brother Christian, who passed away in 2013 after a lifelong battle with scoliosis, epilepsy and other painful physical disabilities. “When we’re in the green room or on the side of the stage, getting ready to walk on, we always think of him,” Hunter says. “What we do is as much for him as it is for us.”

Hunter and ARE witnessed Christian recovering from spinal surgery… “He couldn’t have any pain medication, due to allergies, and he was in immense discomfort to say the least. Christians favorite band was Led Zeppelin. Our mother started playing a DVD of Led Zeppelin Live for him. ARE and I watched as his tears dried and he was comforted by the music… it took away his pain. This moment lit a fire in us and showed us the impact music can have.”

Born Crooked’s sound is infused with a passion that’s impossible to ignore. The brother-sister Duo is not afraid to push boundaries, break the rules and incorporate new elements into their music. That passion can be heard in their latest project with Brian Craddock and Josh Paul of CO:OP Song Production. Whether it be the appetite of desire on “Sugar”, stadium chants on “May the Best Man Win”, or the torture of love on “Going Crazy” the music of Born Crooked cannot be denied.

Add to this their sibling synchronicity, their ability to feed on and amplify each other’s intensity. They’ve felt this connection from the moment they played their first local gigs through appearances abroad on several US and European tours, Born Crooked is about their bond with each other and, always, with Christian.

Born Crooked always take the stage as a two piece, a family. The duo also invite out friends to sit in on Bass and Keys during their set, allowing Hunter & ARE to flex other musical muscles to make for an impactful night of music.

They continue to honor him through charity performances at rehabilitation centers, hospitals and, Hunter notes, “anyplace where people can’t get out and hear music. We take it to them because we saw the healing effect that music had on Christian. We want to connect with everyone we can.”
And that includes their ever-widening fan base. “It’s very important for us to give audiences something positive that they’ll remember forever, something that they can look back and say, ‘That was a great night.’”

Countless great nights await all who experience Born Crooked. Their day begins now.

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IRON AGE MYSTICS Pay Tribute to Political Resistance with “Down Deep”!

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Toronto, Canada based political rock band IRON AGE MYSTICS is sending a message of hope and support for those who continue to resist the oligarchic corruption of modern society with the release of the lyric video for “Down Deep.” Off of their Pride Before the Fall 4 PEACE Digital Release, the second part of which released yesterday, “Down Deep” celebrates the continued movement of humanitarianism and social responsibility against corporate dominance and political cronyism and is a lyrical “thank you” directed at people who are really trying to make humanity better, starting with themselves.

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Iron Age Mystics represent the current cutting edge of political rock music, so say many. The strengths of this band range widely, but the message of each song consistently occupies the driver’s seat. Overall, the recordings and themes are intended to deliver a bracing sense of self-empowerment in the face of what appears to be overwhelming odds. The bottom line here is: if you’re willing to take on some of today’s most pressing issues disguised as well-crafted rock songs, this might be the band for you.”

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Pride Before the Fall Part 2 Track List:
1.Down Deep
2. Information Outlaw
3. Thought Police

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Pride Before the Fall Part 1 Track List:
1. Pride Before The Fall
2. Save It For The Revolution
3. The Great Divide

Click to Stream / Download ‘Pride Before the Fall’ 4 PEACE Digital Release Online

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“Wielding Pride Before the Fall, IAM charges right up to the front lines of the struggle to reclaim Meaning and Purpose in Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The Greylock Glass

IAM started as a writing project initiated by Greg Mount (drums) with members Clayton Rudy (bass guitar), Allan Wohng (guitar) and Kevin Connelly (vocals). The guys hit musical ‘pay dirt’ at about the 4th or 5th month of jamming together bi-weekly with the earliest version of “You’ve Got The Power.” That one track set the tone for the writing that was to become the IAM signature or ‘brand,’ if you will.

The next couple of years were spent between the rehearsal studio, the recording studio and the live stage.

After concluding his part in the recording of IAM’s 8th studio track “Pride Before The Fall”, Greg Mount (drummer) had to step out of the recording process and so Alexander ‘Sascha’ Tukatsch (who played percussion on an earlier track entitled “Down Deep”) stepped in to complete the album. Similarly, Allan Wohng (guitarist) was stricken with a condition that hampered his ability his guitar so Chuck Brown completed the record.

IAM was and is an ongoing project that is steeped in talent, integrity and a true obsession towards making ‘Music That Matters,’ because that’s what matters…

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In this human-centric world, natural law is almost completely absent. To no surprise, the most of what you see, eat, hear, read and breathe—and many of the idols you hold so dear—are violently corrupt. Make no mistake, this is by design.

So in retrospect, why would I, as the author of this album, elect to spend years of my creative energies and large sums of money I really didn’t have working paycheck to paycheck to produce this little gem, knowing full well that it had little to no chance of commercial success?

​Simple, really: I was so gripped by the pain-ridden part of my humanity, I had such a constant knowing that ‘evil’ was winning, that I could not subvert it anymore. Many of my traditional heroes died in my heart throughout that process. Then, I felt very alone. Possibly like you.

​For my part I intended this album to inspire those who can see through the artifice of gross, inhuman bigotry, whilst taking the piss out of a few false idols of our culture. Principally, challenging our blind adherence to self-proclaimed authority in its many forms. A little boost of adrenaline for the ‘eyes wide open’ people who are waking up to the fight.

Realize that no matter on which side of the political spectrum you stand, few persons engaged in the constant pursuit of power have any loyalty to you. Yet for the most part, these are our idols. Unfortunately today, we have very little loyalty to each other as peoples and are, therefore, easily divided. It’s become so simple to exploit us, a child could do it. Time, money, resources, vast infrastructure…no problem.

So I ask of you: please set aside your differences and be brave enough to know that you don’t know exactly what’s going on, and be human enough to know that it’s rapidly getting worse for everyone and everything. ‘Evil’ is conscious kids, and it currently rules the rock, and it’s probably not who or what you think it is. Stop trashing your neighbor over petty differences and at least try to embrace a much bigger picture. We have much more in common with each other than we do the with the elite.

Finally, in my opinion, we now exist on the edge of a precipice that could be a deeply stressful breakthrough for human consciousness or WW3 or maybe even worse, total statist control of every aspect of our lives. If I were a gambling man, l’d say the last latter option is the most likely. That said, I’m not a gambling man…

As a species, we are callous, cruel, self-possessed and inherently prone to creating our own fantasy worlds around ourselves. However, we are also brilliant, bold, beautiful, selfless, and when in crisis, can rise to almost any occasion.

I won’t underestimate what humanity could and really must do. We need to realize that we are all that we have and we are truly the stewards of the Earth as it is today. Every other living thing here on planet Earth depends on us waking up to that fact. Fast.

It could happen. I’m not holding my breath on it, but in my heart, I’m quietly counting on it.
– KEVIN CONNELLY: Lyricist & Songwriter’s Perspective

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HAZEN Releases Official Music Video for Stunning New Cover of SOUNDGARDEN’s “Black Hole Sun”

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Alternative Hard Rock Band HAZEN has released the official music video for their cover of the SOUNDGARDEN hit single “Black Hole Sun.”

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“We’re very excited to release our interpretation of this classic song. It has meant a lot to us and many others over the years. With his legacy, Chris Cornell has always been a contributing inspiration through his music. This is a tribute to him and what Soundgarden has done for us as musicians.” – Hazen

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Formed in 2017, Hazen from Gilbert, AZ raced into the Arizona Alternative Metal market by storm. They released their initial debut EP Undone on May 19th, 2017 which sprouted the beginning of their growth and reach in the Arizona music scene. Shortly after the release of Undone, the band shared the stage with bands like Kobra And The Lotus, Xandria, Letters From The Fire, Once Human, September Mourning, and Powerman 5000. On April 6th, 2018 the band released their second 5 song EP, This House, which proved to show they were nothing but ready for the years to come. Immediately following the release of This House, the band began a string of headlining shows in Arizona, and shared the stage with New Years Day, Stitched Up Heart, Rivals, The Scars Heal In Time, Doll Skin, Code Red Riot, and Gemini Syndrome. This House has caught the attention of tens of thousands of people with a combined over 160,000 YouTube views on their content within the first 30 days of release, and thousands of new fans worldwide. Hazen currently has a daily streaming reach of over 52 different countries with a new online streaming fan base in Europe that consists of over 1/2 of their total online streaming reach. Currently on their headlining Midwest Fallout Tour with more to come. This band has received a great deal of positive feedback and is looking to a promising future as a new name in Alternative Metal music.

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